scrip·​ture | \ ˈskrip(t)-shər \

Definition of scripture

1a(1) capitalized : the books of the Bible often used in plural
(2) often capitalized : a passage from the Bible
b : a body of writings considered sacred or authoritative
2 : something written the primitive man's awe for any scripture— George Santayana

Examples of scripture in a Sentence

someone who frequently quotes Scripture

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In June, Sessions, who is a member of the Methodist Church, defended the Trump administration’s practice by quoting biblical scripture, according to the Washington Post. Steve Annear,, "N.E. Methodists blast Jeff Sessions for using scripture to justify separating families," 20 June 2018 Among his other duties during Clinton’s 2008 campaign, Strider sent the candidate scripture readings every morning for months, according to the account in the Times. John Wagner, Washington Post, "Clinton says she regrets not firing aide accused of sexual harassment during 2008 campaign," 30 Jan. 2018 Christian prayer and scripture was woven into the program. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "Churches Can Help Reduce Heart Disease, Study Says," 9 Oct. 2018 Rosh Hashanah marks the day when, according to Jewish scripture and tradition, God created Adam and Eve — the first two people. Joshua Eaton, Teen Vogue, "Everything You Need to Know About Rosh Hashanah," 10 Sep. 2018 The sorority’s traditional Omega Omega service Tuesday night lasted nearly an hour, saluting Franklin with song, scripture and words. Errin Haines Whack, The Seattle Times, "Delta Sigma Theta pays tribute to soror, the Queen of Soul," 28 Aug. 2018 Even more defining are the region’s 1,600 immaculately preserved 14th-to-16th century stone temples, palaces, and markets with reliefs and art depicting gods and themes from Hindu scripture. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Visiting Hampi, an Historic Region of Southern India That's Free of Tourists...For Now," 1 Aug. 2018 That dichotomy is essential to sustaining the mystical omniscience of a play that draws heavily from biblical scripture and Jewish ritual. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ Is a Transfixing Epic of Riches and Ruin," 13 July 2018 Nimmo, who tweets out a passage from scripture every day, could probably come up with the right Bible verse to explain the vagaries of fate or perhaps the challenge of being blessed with good fortune as his brothers struggle. Jack Dickey,, "A Reworked Swing Has Brandon Nimmo, Mets Smiling in Surprise Breakout Campaign," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of scripture

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for scripture

Middle English, from Late Latin scriptura, from Latin, act or product of writing, from scriptus

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English Language Learners Definition of scripture

Scripture : the books of either the Old Testament or the New Testament or of both : the Bible

scriptures : the sacred writings of a religion


scrip·​ture | \ ˈskrip-chər \

Kids Definition of scripture

1 capitalized : bible sense 1
2 : writings sacred to a religious group

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